Come, let us bow down and bend the knee: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
He who hung the earth upon the water: today he is hung upon the cross.
“Do you see how the devil is defeated by the very weapons of his prior victory? The devil had vanquished Adam by means of a tree. Christ vanquished the devil by means of the tree of the Cross. The tree sent Adam to hell. The tree of the Cross brought him back from there. The tree revealed mAdam in his weakness, laying prostrate, naked and low. The tree of the Cross manifested to all the world the victorious Christ, naked and nailed on high. Adams death sentence passed on to all who came after him. Christ’s death gave life to all his children.” (St. John Chrysostom, 4th century)
While we were still your enemies, Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered and died for us, winning the victory over death for our sakes. Give us grace to lift you up as we follow the ay of your cross so that all people may be drawn unto you.